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44% fresh produce grown locally

44% fresh produce grown locally

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Winning Trader. From the left, Sirrka Ileka (Chairperson of NAB), Christof Brock (CEO of NAB), Hon Anna Shiweda (Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development), Gert van der Linde (Stampriet Farmers Market), and Fidelis Mwazi (AMTA).
Jan Cronjé of Farm Oshivelo in the Oshikoto region was named the best horticultural producer of the year by the Namibian Agronomic Board at its recent 11th Namibian Horticultural Day.
Joining Cronjé as the best local crop growers are Ms Laurentia Nakandanga of the Kavango East Region in the small-scale category and Mr Andreas Ashimbanga of the Omusati Region in the medium-scale category. These three farmers were honoured last week by the Agronomic Board for their achievements to reap above average harvests during a very detrimental season.
In addition to trophies and certificates, they received gift vouchers from the Agronomic Board, the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) and from various agricultural suppliers. Geka Trading Enterprises and Sikondo Green Scheme Irrigation Project received an award for selling the highest volume of fresh produce to the AMTA hub.
The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) hosted the 11th annual Namibian Horticulture Day on Friday, 23 September 2016, to recognise the best horticultural producers and traders for the 2016 season. The event awards and promotes awareness of excellent farming practices among small, medium and large scale producers, as well as traders.
The event was attended by 245 producers, traders, and was hosted on Cronjé’s farm. After the main ceremony, he took everybody on a tour of his farm, explaining his farming techniques to other farmers and showing them how to plan and prepare their lands.
The best traders were identified on the basis of achieving the highest percentage of local produce compared to imports in their size categories. In terms of the Agronomic Board’s Market Share Promotion, which is implemented by AMTA, traders in horticulture fresh produce are required to buy a certain percentage locally, currently set at 44%, before they can qualify for import permits for horticulture products. The Agronomic Board said traders are a vital link in developing the horticultural subsector, as they are a key element in bringing local farmers’ fresh produce to consumers.
The winning traders are Stampriet Farmer’s Market in the Mega Trader category, Okuryangava Fresh Produce in the Very Large Trader vategory, Brenner’s Fruit in the Large Trader category, Trust Market in the Medium Trader category, and Zaheer Traders in the Small Trader category. The AMTA hub Wholesale Agent of the Year was won by Stampriet Farmer’s Market while Iihape Marketing & Promotions is the AMTA Hub Commission Marketing Agent of the Year.
The award ceremony was opened by Honourable Betty Kaula, the Regional Councillor for the Guinas Constituency, and the keynote address was delivered by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Hon Anna Shiweda on behalf of the minister.
Hon Shiweda stated that local horticultural production and trading has grown to supply 44% of Namibia’s market demand for fresh produce in the formal horticulture market, up from just 5% in 2002. She attributed this to the excellence of producers and traders, under the auspices of the Agronomic Board.
Board Chairperson Ms Sirkka Iileka, emphasised the importance of producer and trader associations, saying that the voices of these associations play a vital role in developing a national policy for horticulture and agriculture.

About The Author

Daniel Steinmann

Brief CV of Daniel Steinmann. Born 24 February 1961, Johannesburg. Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA, BA(hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees are in Philosophy and Divinity. Editor of the Namibia Economist since 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 29 years. The newspaper started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at www.economist.com.na. His editorial focus is on economic analysis based on budget analysis, disecting strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored scores of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. He often assists economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. He is frequently consulted by NGOs and international analysts on local economic trends and developments. Send comments to [email protected]